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In this Workshop, Learners will make a beautiful sankofa bracelet.

‘SANKOFA’ combines the words "San" (to return), "Koh" (to go), and "Fa" (to look, to fetch, to seek, and to take).  It is an African word from the Akan tribe of Ghana.  The literal meaning of the word is "it is not taboo to fetch what is a risk of being left behind or forgotten."

Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward.  That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we go into the future.  What ever we have lost, forgotten, forgone, or been stripped of can be reclaimed, revived, preserved, and perpetuated.  In order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past.

On the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women torn from Africa and sold into slavery in Santo Domingue, now known as Haiti and Dominican Republic, rose up against the slave system and won their freedom.  In 1998, UNESCO designated the 23rd day of August as the International Day for the Rememberance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.  Since 2016, Slavery Remembrance has held an annual national memorial, Sankofa Day, in London’s Trafalgar Square to mark this day, and to remember and honor the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  Sankofa Day not only stands to acknowledge and remember this heinous chapter of human history, but also to shine a spotlight on the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

In Ghana we have special beads, made of glass, called sankofa beads.  These traditional beads have been worn not only for their beauty, but also to remind us of the meaning of sankofa.  Nowadays, the beaded bracelets are worn as a fashion symbol to accent clothing, yet always carry this special meaning.  They may be worn casually or during special occasions, and, of course, on Sankofa Day.  I made my first beaded design when I was about sixteen years old. I was taught by an adorable woman called Mrs Ankrah. She was the best teacher I could have had, because she truly inspired me. 

The beads you will use during this Workshop are authentic sankofa beads, sent by me from Ghana. I look forward to meeting you and teaching you how to make the sankofa bracelet!

Please note: This Workshop is recommended to ages 12+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity.

What You'll Need

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Sankofa Bracelets GLOkit

This GLOkit contains sankofa beads, crystal beads, hooks and thread.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • A bowl to hold their beads
  • Scissors

 

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Prisca GonnetyView Profile

Hello, I am Prisca from Ghana, and I am thrilled to be your GLOMADO Instructor!  I enjoy meeting new people, and I love to find ways to help them have amazing experiences.  I love crafting and being creative, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge of crafting with people who are ready to learn and discover new things.  In my Workshops you will learn what bead making is all about, its importance in our culture, and what it symbolizes for us.  I am very excited to impart this knowledge to my GLOMADO Learners!  

Beads are among the most intriguing and important symbols in Ghana's cultural past and present.  The materials used in making beads or beadwork are of the largest variety, from bone to glass. The colors and sizes, the significance of the materials chosen, and the placements of beads (either on the body, clothing or accessories, among other uses) denotes perspective, experience, feelings, beliefs and power.

I started crafting at the age of fourteen, when I realized that I loved working with my hands and that I had a talent for craft-making.  I also love to sing, as it keeps me calm and makes me happy.  I love people and I love to smile, as it helps others know you can get through the day if you just smile. 

I love living in Ghana, because we Ghanaians are proud of our culture and love welcoming people from outside to integrate and mix in with our local customs and way of living.  Ghana is famous for its nice people, and it is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa.  Ghanaians are extremely friendly, helpful and polite people.  There are a lot of places to visit, such as beautiful beaches, waterfalls, historic castles and wildlife parks.  Greet any Ghanaian with a smile, and ask anything about their culture, country or food, and they will love to answer!

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Sankofa Bracelets